South And North Korea To March Together In Opening Cermonies, Ice Hockey Teams One Squad, USA Gymnastics Will Let Maroney Talk


South Korea’s Ministry Of Unification announced an historic deal for next month’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. North and South Korea will walk into the opening ceremonies together under one flag. In addition their ice hockey teams will form a joint Korean squad. Further, some of the South Korean athletes will train north of the demilitarized zone, and North Korea will send a delegation of cheerleaders and members of their taekwondo team to the Games.

By now, most people have heard about the sexual abuse chargers of USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nasser. One of the many victims, McKayla Maroney, told her story in 2016, but then signed a non-disclosure agreement to stay quiet as part of her settlement. Since then, Maroney has wanted to share her story but was told she’d be fined $100,000 for violating her agreement. Sports Illustrated swimsuit model, Chrissy Teigen said she’d be honored to pay the fine so McKayla could tell her story and help the other alleged 140 victims.  USA Gymnastics seems to have finally gotten the message and stated “USA Gymnastics has not sought and will not seek any money from McKayla Maroney for her brave statements made in describing her victimization and abuse by Larry Nassar, nor for any victim impact statements she wants to make to Larry Nassar at this hearing or at any subsequent hearings related to his sentencing. This has been her right and USA Gymnastics encourages McKayla and anyone who has been abused to speak out. USA Gymnastics remains focused on our highest priority — the safety, health and well-being of our athletes and creating a culture that empowers and supports them.”

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